On May 19-23, Cumbria Tourism and Ordnance Survey sponsor the Keswick Mountain Festival. This cyclosportive event is a challenging race around three of the Lakeland passes in Keswick. The festival is open to 400 riders.
Now on its fourth year, the event will have three stages that cater to different abilities. Ian Mulvey, the mastermind of this sportive, challenges the participants, “These are really demanding routes with little time to recover between the climbs up the passes. We’re hoping those who can’t tackle the big one will have a go at one of the two smaller ones. No matter what level you try, it will be a tough challenge.”
The first level is called the little one. This route will have two climbs that totals to 1,290 metres or 4,230 feet. The run will be 28 miles or 46 kilometres. The second level is the medium one. It will have four climbs with a total of 2,700 metres and over 90 kilometres on the road. The last one is what they call as the big one. This road will travel for 65 miles and will climb 10,200 feet.
The Keswick Mountain Festival will have the Crow Park as its start and finish. It is located beside Derwentwater at the Festival’s Adventure Base. The director of the event Lucy Bennett remarked, “There should be something for everyone, whether this is your first Sportive or if you’re a seasoned competitor.”
There is an entry fee of £30 which in return, you will be provided feed stations, maps, route cards, mechanical support, a meal voucher, a memento and more. Find out more at Keswickmountainfestival.co.uk.